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Global Strategy
Ariel International Fund

Why Ariel’s global approach


Experience matters

  • Rupal J. Bhansali has more than 25 years of industry experience

Managing risk is a top priority

  • We pay as much attention to risk management as to return management

Screening out provides a stronger starting point

  • While others screen in, we begin our process by screening out high-risk companies

All-cap portfolios offer larger opportunity set

  • Although our portfolios are relatively concentrated, we consider companies of all sizes

Attention to business models builds more resilient portfolios

  • In addition to applying our financial models, we consider the long-term viability of each company's business model


Key Facts
Market Cap Range: All Cap
Inception:
Investor Class: 12/30/2011
Institutional Class: 12/30/2011
Number of companies: 50-150
Turnover: 30-80%
Ticker Symbol:
Investor Class: AINTX
Institutional Class: AINIX
Fund Assets (all classes):
$502.0 million as of 9/30/2017
 
Portfolio Manager
Bhansali_Rupal_Web.png Rupal J. Bhansali
Portfolio Manager
 
Fund Spotlight
Meet Rupal J. Bhansali and hear her philosophy on global investing.
 

Our global investment philosophy


Patience

We take the long-term view.
  • Emphasis on higher absolute and relative returns over a full market cycle with less risk
  • Focus research as much on what can go wrong as what can go right

Independence

We invest to our convictions, not to benchmarks.
  • Benchmark aware only to the extent that tracking error is by design and not by default
  • Significant exposure to our highest-conviction ideas, tempered with prudent risk controls

Expertise

We specialize in bottom-up fundamental research.
  • Focus on connecting information versus collecting information
  • Take business analyst approach rather than financial analyst approach
  • Have extensive interactions with management teams around the world
  • Research a company's global peers to fully inform our competitive assessment

Teamwork

We work collaboratively with a shared commitment to excellence.
  • Debate best, base and worst case scenarios for every company considered
  • Three team members with clearly defined roles vet each stock


 
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Rupal Bhansali on International and Global Investing I
 
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Rupal Bhansali on International and Global Investing II

Our global process


Negative Screening

Negative screening seeks downside protection
  • Process:
    Screen on risk, not growth rate or valuation
  • Risk management:
    Eliminate approximately 60% of high-risk stocks in universe
  • Benefit:
    Position for downside protection

Bottom-up Research

Proprietary bottom-up research enables better stock picking
  • Process:
    Lead analysts perform research
  • Risk management:
    Assess the prospects and durability of a business franchise
  • Benefit:
    Proprietary insights enable better stock picking

Team Validation

Team validation avoids blind spots in our analysis
  • Process:
    A team of three debates and stress tests each idea
  • Risk management:
    Incorporate macro and micro factors in scenario analyses; lead analyst presents balanced case versus a recommendation
  • Benefit:
    Ideas vetted from multiple perspectives yield more informed final decisions by portfolio manager

Portfolio Construction

Portfolios constructed to manage risks as well as long-term performance
  • Process:
    Seek to own top decile of investment opportunities uncovered
  • Risk management:
    Typically cap security position size at 5% at time of purchase, sector weights at the higher of 25% or 1.5x benchmark, hedge currency if practical and cost-efficient
  • Benefit:
    Designed to generate superior long-term, risk-adjusted performance


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Ariel International Fund

Sector Weightings (%)

As of September 30, 2017
  Ariel International Fund MSCI EAFE MSCI ACWI ex-US
Telecommunication Services 19.57 4.07 4.21
Information Technology 18.13 6.31 11.11
Health Care 12.64 10.57 7.91
Consumer Staples 10.83 11.22 9.60
Consumer Discretionary 10.75 12.20 11.28
Financials 10.46 21.46 23.32
Energy 8.81 5.05 6.64
Industrials 4.25 14.41 11.82
Utilities 3.68 3.35 3.08
Real Estate 0.84 3.54 3.20
Materials 0.05 7.81 7.83

Represents percentage of total equity holdings in the portfolio

MSCI EAFE Index is an unmanaged, market-weighted index of companies in developed markets, excluding the U.S. and Canada. The MSCI ACWI (All Country World Index) ex-US Index is an unmanaged, market-weighted index of global developed and emerging markets, excluding the United States. Source: MSCI. MSCI makes no express or implied warranties or representations and shall have no liability whatsoever with respect to any MSCI data contained herein. The MSCI data may not be further redistributed or used to create indices or financial products. This report is not approved or produced by MSCI.

These sectors are the Global Industry Classification Standard (“GICS”). GICS was developed by and is the exclusive property and a service mark of MSCI Inc. (“MSCI”) and Standard & Poor’s, a division of The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. (“S&P”) and is licensed for use by Ariel Investments, LLC. Neither MSCI, S&P nor any third party involved in making or compiling the GICS or any GICS classifications makes any express or implied warranties or representations with respect to such standard or classification (or the results to be obtained by the use thereof), and all such parties hereby expressly disclaim all warranties of originality, accuracy, completeness, merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose with respect to any of such standard or classification. Without limiting any of the foregoing, in no event shall MSCI, S&P, any of their affiliates or any third party involved in making or compiling the GICS or any GICS classifications have any liability for any direct, indirect, special, punitive, consequential or any other damages (including lost profits) even if notified of the possibility of such damages.



Investor Class
Institutional Class
Quarter End
Month End

Ariel International Fund

Investor Class | AINTX

Performance

As of September 30, 2017
Inception date: December 30, 2011 Annualized
  One
Month
Three
Months
Year
To Date
One
Year
Three
Years
Five
Years
Since
Inception
Ariel International Fund 0.71% 2.52% 16.16% 9.55% 5.38% 9.54% 7.81%
MSCI EAFE 2.49% 5.40% 19.96% 19.10% 5.04% 8.38% 9.05%
MSCI ACWI ex-US 1.86% 6.16% 21.13% 19.61% 4.70% 6.97% 7.87%

Ariel International Fund

Investor Class | AINTX

Performance

As of September 30, 2017
Inception date: December 30, 2011 Annualized
  One
Month
Three
Months
Year
To Date
One
Year
Three
Years
Five
Years
Since
Inception
Ariel International Fund 0.71% 2.52% 16.16% 9.55% 5.38% 9.54% 7.81%
MSCI EAFE 2.49% 5.40% 19.96% 19.10% 5.04% 8.38% 9.05%
MSCI ACWI ex-US 1.86% 6.16% 21.13% 19.61% 4.70% 6.97% 7.87%
Expense Ratio Cap: 1.13%*
Gross Expense Ratio as of the fiscal year ended 9/30/16: 1.52%*

*Effective November 29, 2016, Ariel Investments, LLC, the Adviser, has contractually agreed to waive fees or reimburse expenses (the "Expense Cap") in order to limit Ariel International Fund's total annual operating expenses to 1.13% of net assets for the Investor Class through the end of the fiscal year ending September 30, 2018. The Expense Cap has been lowered over time. Contact us for historical information about the Expense Cap.

Investments in foreign securities may underperform and may be more volatile than comparable U.S. stocks because of the risks involving foreign economies and markets, foreign political systems, foreign regulatory standards, foreign currencies and taxes. The use of currency derivatives and exchange-traded funds (ETFs) may increase investment losses and expenses and create more volatility. Investments in emerging markets present additional risks, such as difficulties in selling on a timely basis and at an acceptable price. The intrinsic value of the stocks in which the Fund invests may never be recognized by the broader market. Performance data quoted represents past performance. Past performance does not guarantee future results. All performance assumes the reinvestment of dividends and capital gains. The investment return and principal value of an investment will fluctuate so that an investor's shares, when redeemed, may be worth more or less than their original cost. Current performance may be lower or higher than the performance data quoted.

MSCI EAFE Index is an unmanaged, market-weighted index of companies in developed markets, excluding the U.S. and Canada. The MSCI EAFE Index net returns reflect the reinvestment of income and other earnings, including the dividends net of the maximum withholding tax applicable to non-resident institutional investors that do not benefit from double taxation treaties. MSCI uses the maximum tax rate applicable to institutional investors, as determined by the companies' country of incorporation. The MSCI ACWI (All Country World Index) ex-US Index is an unmanaged, market-weighted index of global developed and emerging markets, excluding the United States. The MSCI ACWI ex US Index net returns reflect the reinvestment of income and other earnings, including the dividends net of the maximum withholding tax applicable to non-resident institutional investors that do not benefit from double taxation treaties. MSCI uses the maximum tax rate applicable to institutional investors, as determined by the companies' country of incorporation. Source: MSCI. MSCI makes no express or implied warranties or representations and shall have no liability whatsoever with respect to any MSCI data contained herein. The MSCI data may not be further redistributed or used to create indices or financial products. This report is not approved or produced by MSCI.

Investors should consider carefully the investment objectives, risks, and charges and expenses before investing. For a current summary prospectus or full prospectus which contains this and other information about the funds offered by Ariel Investment Trust, call us at 800-292-7435 or click here. Please read the summary prospectus or full prospectus carefully before investing. Distributed by Ariel Distributors, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Ariel Investments, LLC.



Ariel International Fund

Schedule of Holdings

As of September 30, 2017
  Units Security Description Market Value % of Total Value
AUSTRALIA     1,033,306 0.2
  272,737 AMP Ltd. 1,033,306 0.2
BELGIUM     269,543 0.1
  2,646 Galapagos N.V. 269,543 0.1
CANADA     7,103,368 1.5
  114,885 IGM Financial, Inc. 3,861,572 0.8
  37,845 Suncor Energy, Inc. 1,326,357 0.3
  23,514 Magna International, Inc. 1,254,897 0.3
  36,276 Hydro One Ltd. 660,542 0.1
CHINA     40,332,875 7.9
  67,085 Baidu, Inc. ADR 16,616,284 3.3
  1,604,000 China Mobile Ltd. 16,252,317 3.2
  143,110 China Mobile Ltd. ADR 7,237,073 1.4
  29,000 Shenzhou International Group Holdings, Ltd. 227,201 0.0
DENMARK     695,103 0.1
  14,540 Novo Nordisk A/S 695,103 0.1
FINLAND     23,543,740 4.7
  3,677,883 Nokia Corp. ADR 21,993,740 4.4
  258,159 Nokia Corp. 1,550,000 0.3
FRANCE     29,193,154 5.8
  132,990 Michelin (CGDE) 19,411,839 3.9
  65,470 Safran SA 6,688,640 1.3
  16,965 Thales SA 1,920,478 0.4
  5,709 Euler Hermes Group 674,747 0.1
  5,010 Sanofi 497,450 0.1
GERMANY     54,097,233 10.9
  268,833 Deutsche Boerse AG 29,139,360 5.8
  3,294,712 Telefonica Deutschland Holding 18,488,807 3.7
  120,654 Dialog Semiconductor plc 5,328,285 1.1
  16,966 GEA Group AG 771,806 0.2
  5,261 Drillisch AG 368,975 0.1
HONG KONG     4,423,685 0.9
  8,815,321 Li & Fung Ltd. 4,423,685 0.9
ITALY     15,248,230 3.0
  2,744,848 Snam SpA 13,223,098 2.6
  176,718 Italgas SpA 992,099 0.2
  47,762 Azimut Holdings SpA 1,033,033 0.2
JAPAN     81,514,371 16.4
  46,400 Nintendo Co., Ltd. 17,137,383 3.4
  613,200 NTT DOCOMO, Inc. 14,007,826 2.8
  221,300 Nippon Telegraph & Telephone Corp. 10,142,138 2.0
  75,800 Shimamura Co., Ltd. 9,093,979 1.8
  258,700 Japan Tobacco, Inc. 8,478,877 1.7
  1,079,800 Seven Bank Ltd. 3,896,012 0.8
  19,300 Daito Trust Construction Co., Ltd. 3,516,107 0.7
  93,600 Subaru Corp. 3,377,169 0.7
  42,700 Toyota Motor Corp. 2,546,252 0.5
  28,200 Secom Co., Ltd. 2,055,511 0.4
  39,800 Mabuchi Motor Co., Ltd. 1,991,326 0.4
  55,700 Canon, Inc. 1,903,279 0.4
  6,000 Murata Manufacturing Co., Ltd. 881,937 0.2
  19,400 Chugai Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. 805,137 0.2
  24,400 Ono Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. 552,835 0.1
  15,400 Askul Corp. 433,841 0.1
  22,100 Japan Exchange Group, Inc. 391,034 0.1
  5,500 Takeda Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. 303,728 0.1
LUXEMBOURG     6,561,738 1.3
  44,961 RTL Group 3,403,048 0.7
  110,858 Tenaris ADR 3,138,390 0.6
  268 RTL Group 20,300 0.0
NETHERLANDS     31,516,340 6.3
  1,102,626 Koninklijke Ahold Delhaize N.V. 20,616,524 4.1
  244,008 Gemalto N.V. 10,899,816 2.2
SINGAPORE     1,633,053 0.3
  66,400 United Overseas Bank Ltd. 1,150,356 0.2
  88,600 Singapore Exchange Ltd. 482,697 0.1
SPAIN     16,216,840 3.2
  409,334 Endesa SA 9,228,330 1.8
  221,086 Tecnicas Reunidas SA 6,988,510 1.4
SWEDEN     1,037,993 0.2
  40,068 H&M Hennes & Mauritz AB, Class B 1,037,993 0.2
SWITZERLAND     45,068,014 8.9
  93,192 Roche Holding AG 23,790,016 4.7
  30,957 Swisscom AG 15,862,925 3.2
  1,025 SGS SA 2,458,899 0.5
  91,924 UBS AG 1,571,066 0.3
  10,870 Novartis AG 933,189 0.2
  2,772 Nestle SA 232,157 0.0
  101 Givaudan SA 219,762 0.0
UNITED ARAB EMIRATES     775,925 0.2
  2,561,105 Dubai Financial Market 775,925 0.2
UNITED KINGDOM     39,633,456 7.8
  1,189,997 GlaxoSmithKline plc 23,735,561 4.7
  105,887 Reckitt Benckiser Group plc 9,666,869 1.9
  372,425 National Grid plc 4,614,212 0.9
  39,823 GlaxoSmithKline plc ADR 1,616,814 0.3
UNITED STATES     21,017,163 4.2
  59,489 Philip Morris Intl, Inc. 6,603,874 1.3
  46,751 EOG Resources, Inc. 4,522,692 0.9
  43,102 Core Laboratories N.V. 4,254,167 0.8
  35,607 Occidental Petroleum Corp. 2,286,325 0.5
  47,407 Fluor Corp. 1,995,835 0.4
  9,179 Pioneer Natural Resources Co. 1,354,270 0.3
INVESTMENT COMPANIES     8,094,619 1.6
  186,469 Vanguard FTSE Developed Markets ETF 8,094,619 1.6
Total Equities     429,009,749 85.5
Short Term Investments      
  23,239,370 Northern Institutional Treasury Portfolio 23,239,370 4.6
Foreign Currency and Other Assets less Liabilities 49,707,216 9.9
Grand Total     501,956,335 100.0%



Ariel International Fund

Commentary

 
Monthly Commentary: Perspectives on the current market
Quarterly Report: Quarterly performance update and communication to investors
Fact Sheets: Quarterly overview of fund objectives and performance summary
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